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Abs: Workouts for Buff Brides

Got the perfect wedding dress -- but not the perfect six-pack? No worries. We've organized our best abs workouts by dress type, so you can tone and trim in all the right places.
wedding dress with corset bodice Corset Bodices

When it comes to waist management on your wedding day, the structure and material of your dress's bodice is what really counts. A corset-style bodice, for example, typically either has vertical "boning" (plastic or even metal rods) that extends from under your bust straight to your hips or a firmly structured stomach panel with a rigid, supportive back closure (a zipper, tie closure, stream of buttons, or combination thereof). Both can literally shrink the circumference of your waist, making it look longer and leaner, and provide a secure structure that can hold the dress up on your body without straps. (Thanks, gravity!)

Does that mean you don't have to work your abs if you're wearing a corset dress? Nice try -- you'll be that much more comfortable (and confident!) on W-Day if you do. (Plus, if your dress is strapless, there's bulging of a different kind to consider.)